Indigenous Housing Partnership

The Indigenous Housing Partnership is an equitable partnership rooted in respect for Indigenous culture, helping deliver housing solutions by Indigenous communities for Indigenous communities.

Indigenous families and communities partner with local Habitats across Canada to help create safe and decent places to live – through both affordable homeownership and other housing solutions. An important part of this initiative is providing skills and training opportunities to young Indigenous men and women to equip them with the trade skills they need to maintain and/or build new homes in their communities.

While a lack of decent and affordable housing in Canada is an issue that affects many communities, the problems are disproportionately acute when it comes to Indigenous communities and families. Overcrowding, dilapidated housing and a lack of affordability are just some of the issues many Canadian Indigenous families face, especially those living on Traditional Territories (reserves and settlements). One in five Indigenous peoples lived in a dwelling that was in need of major repairs in 2016.

For more details contact us at 519-759-8600 or visit here https://habitat.ca/en/about-us/indigenous-housing-partnership


Indigenous Housing Partnership: Sadie’s story

Sadie and daughters Raeanne and Janna have spent the past few years living in her parents’ home on the Halalt First Nation Territory, in extremely tight quarters, with Sadie and Janna sharing a room.

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We, Habitat for Humanity Heartland Ontario, Brant-Norfolk Chapter, acknowledge our work takes place on traditional Indigenous territories, land that has been inhabited by Indigenous peoples from the beginning.

We acknowledge the Anishnabe (Ah-nish-nah-bay), Attiwonderon (At-ta-won-da-ron), the Mississaugas (Miss-iss-aw-gus) of the Credit First Nation and Haudenosaunee (Ho-deh-no-show-nee) people.

We deeply appreciate their connection to this place in Brant, Brantford and along the Haldimand-Norfolk tract; land promised to Six Nations, which includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.

We also recognize the contributions of Metis, Inuit and other Indigenous peoples in strengthening and shaping our communities across the lands.

We are thankful for the sharing of this land, in order to do our work, to gather, and to live together. We express gratitude to Mother Earth and all Original Peoples who have been stewards of this land since time immemorial.


In order to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission made 94 calls to action. The original report is linked above.
September 30th is Orange Shirt Day, a statutory holiday designed to educate people and promote awareness in Canada about the Indian residential school system and the impact it has had on Indigenous communities for over a century
Whose Land is a web-based app that uses GIS technology to assist users in identifying Indigenous Nations, territories, and communities across Canada.

TRUTH & RECONCILIATION RESOURCES

To help commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation year-round, here are some valuable resources to learn about Indigenous culture and to commit to being an ally for Indigenous Peoples.

Official website of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
Indigenous Canada – Free online course offered by the University of Alberta

Ally bill of responsibilities (Lynn Gehl):
1. Do not act out of guilt, but rather out of a genuine interest in challenging the larger oppressive power structures;
2. Understand that they are secondary to the Indigenous people that they are working with and that they seek to serve. They and their needs must take a back seat;
Read the entire bill here

Reconciliation: A Starting Point – App for learning about First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples, including key historical events and examples of reconciliation initiatives.